Friday, September 17, 2010

Ultimo Coffee

Featuring Counter Culture Coffee - 'Apollo' espresso

Ultimo Coffee
1900 S. 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 339-5177

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sam's Morning Glory

Fancy grilled cheese - peaches, brie, ham.
Even the side salad was delicious. I need to figure out where they get their produce because I have only found bland produce here in Philly.

Bomb-ass nutella and banana stuffed Challah French toast

These two girls are holding up the fort - two cooks for the entire brunch service.

I gotta say, Philly has some pretty awesome brunch. I have yet to be disappointed.

Sam's Morning Glory Diner
735 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 413-3999

Thursday, September 09, 2010


One of Jose Garces' restaurants.


It's totally crazy inside... like someone on acid designed the place.


HUARECHAS:CHILANGO - carnitas, chorizo, serrano ham, potato, queso Oaxaca, cotija. This was great but had way too much going on. I took the serrano ham off, and it was delicious. Otherwise, it would have been overpowering.

CAMARONES Y CHORIZO - shrimp, chorizo, refried beans, tomato, radish. This was great, and perfectly cooked.

Not your authentic Mexican joint but it's fun, tasty, and properly cooked. Sometimes a bit too many flavors going on, but far from bland.

Distrito Restaurant
3945 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3621
(215) 222-1657

Monday, September 06, 2010

Trucks, motel 6... forever

Was a little bit afraid for my life when we landed in the middle of nowhere Nebraska. Being the only Chinese in a MEXICAN restaurant full of people who drive trucks and don't wear shoes was a bit strange... but what was even more strange was that...


... AND they gave us a weird look when we asked.


In other news, Ginger is getting used to Motel 6.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Philly or bust

After ramen, we went to bed, woke up, ran errands and packed the entire day. Now we are off to Philly. 4,5 days of fun-filled road-tripping across the country on highway 80. McD's 3x a day, here we come !


Thursday, September 02, 2010

First meal back in California - Orenchi ramen


Look at that f'in egg. PERFECTION

The ramen here is pretty f'in good. Not sure if I like this better or Santouka.... Santouka's is saltier (being a super-taster and all...) but no one can beat that egg.

3540 Homestead Rd
Santa Clara, CA‎
Tel: (408) 246-2955‎

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Last meal in Paris - Noodles Atelier

SCORE. We found a Chinese HAND-PULLED NOODLE SHOP right next to our apartment !!! AND it was full of fresh Chinese people.... you know what I mean ?

I was beyond sick of French food and given the fact that I would be moving to Philly where virtually no good Chinese food exists (by Californian standards, perhaps?), I was having a major Asian food craving. Especially noodles since hand-made noodles are probably one of my favorite things to eat next to red meat.

Check out the crazy and somewhat disturbing artwork:


This was seriously delicious!!!

Their 5-spice, beef noodle soup, which was very different from what we are used to in California (like from Taiwanese hot spot A&J's)

YES !!! This is called "Shanghai cabbage" in French.

Though I'm not too sure what region the cooks and owners were from, the tiny two-story restaurant was full of stylish Taiwanese as well as Cantonese customers. I was super happy with my dish. Another reason why I could live in Paris forever... I have my regular pearl tea cafe, gourmet coffee shop, hand-pulled noodles joint, and ramen/donburi/bento box joints on top of amazing French bistros and restaurants. Sigh.

Noodles Atelier
164, rue Saint Denis
75002 Paris, France

À Bientôt, Paris !

Chez Joséphine Dumonet‎

One of Amir's favorite bistro's.

Naturally, I ordered the côte de bœuf.


Didn't even need the béarnaise sauce that came with it.

Chez Joséphine Dumonet‎
117, Rue du Cherche-Midi
75006 Paris, France‎
Tel: 01 45 48 52 40‎